Forbes.com: McCartney Rumored Apple Board Member In “Mind Boggling” Beatles Settlement
Hmm, something very interesting could be happening here… so why not some wild speculation. Let’s assume the following quote is true:
“Word among the legal community is that an out of court settlement could be imminent and that it will massively dwarf the $26.5 million paid to the Fab Four’s company in 1991 in a row over trademark use.
One lawyer told Daily Variety, “People are expecting this to be the biggest settlement anywhere in legal history, outside of a class action suit. The numbers could be mind boggling.”
If that is in fact the case, I’m betting that Apple is buying Apple Corps, including exclusive world-wide ownership of the Beatle’s library. This would a) settle, once and for all, the bickering between the two companies, and b) give iTunes coveted content that could differentiate iPod/iTunes, and conceivably give Apple some leverage in future content licensing agreements with other music IP holders…
Can you Imagine (sorry, couldn’t resist): “The Beatles. Only on iPod and only at iTunes.”
Hey, it could happen…
It is more believable that Steve Jobs may actually be purchasing Michael Jackson’s interest in the Beatles publishing catalogue Northern Songs. Mr Jackson is rumoured to be bleeding money at an alarming rate.